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Green on the Scene: Bright Ideas to Help Lower Your Home Bills

Going green is a great way to save some green and it isn’t that hard to do either.

Going green is not only a great way to help save the planet, it can also help to save money on your energy bills at home. When you put forth the effort to make your home as green as possible, you can reap a bundle of savings on certain utilities. To help you get started, here are some bright ideas to go green and help lower your home bills.

Add Insulation

One of the simplest ways to lower your energy bills is to add some extra insulation to your home. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to buy on your own and is a breeze to install. Look for thinning insulation in your crawlspaces, attic, and basement and around windows and doors in some areas. You will save a lot of money on your heating and cooling costs when you can keep the air you want trapped inside.

New Windows

Your windows could be costing you a lot of money by leaking climate-controlled air. If you have ever sat next to your windows on a winter’s day and felt the cold air coming in, you know they are not sealed as well as they should be. If this is the case, call a window installation company to get some new windows that will better hold in your climate-controlled air. Places like Arch Design can customize new windows to your more unique frames as well.

Become an Energy Star

Appliance design has come a long way in the last few decades. The models sold these days are more energy-efficient than they have ever been before. Energy Star appliances are designed to use as little energy as possible and installing them can save you lots on your energy bills. Think about replacing your old, worn-out refrigerator, washing machine, or dryer with a new Energy Star model to go green and save some money.

Install Solar Panels

The costs to power your home with energy derived from fossil fuels is going to keep going up over time. The planet’s supply will start to run out at some point and the need for alternative energy sources is already a big part of innovation today. Now is a great time to switch your home over to solar or wind power so you can avoid paying through the nose for energy from the electric company.

Going green is a great way to save some green and it isn’t that hard to do either. Just gradually make these changes one at a time and you will be living in a green home before you know it. The money you save will be well worth the effort.

Brooke Chaplan, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger.

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